When ultra-chic Manhattanites and celebrities such as Sigourney Weaver, Bernadette Peters, Calvin Klein and Nathan Lane plan an amazing party they immediately turn to Serena Bass. This London born diva of entertaining started cooking at the young age of sixteen and never stopped! In addition to her successful catering business, she is the namesake behind Serena, the bar/lounge in the basement of the historic Chelsea Hotel. Whether Serena Bass is cooking up a new dish or designing table settings, one thing you can count on is that her adorable sidekick Ruby, a West White Highland Terrier, will be barking by her side.
Animal Fair joined Serena Bass in her kitchen and was fed the doggie dish of the day.
AF: Does Ruby go with you to work on a daily basis?
SB: She never leaves my side, night and day, and is the only dog allowed into Bloomy nails on 18th Street. She sleeps on the pillow next to me at night and has her giraffe patterned dog bed by my desk. She has a shearling bed for the front seat of the car, and a high pillow in the country so she can sit and watch the squirrel and deer.
AF: I read in your new book, Serena, Food & Stories, that Ruby loves carrots. Does she have any other favorite foods and has she inspired you to create a special doggie dish?
SB: She loves green grapes, green melon, and steak. I have no special dish. I try very hard to keep her away from human food as she can be a little f.a.r.t.y.
AF: Please share with us a fun story you might have about Ruby.
SB: Once my friend Johnny, was gravely ill in hospital. I knew it would cheer him up to see Ruby, so against every rule I carried her in to see him covered in a coat. I told her to stay and as if she knew, she just hung over my arm like a panther. We got past every guard, up the elevator, along endless corridors and I arrived at his door with my arm nearly ripped out of its socket. I opened his door and the room was full of chanting Buddhists and we had to go away. She hung motionless and we escaped undetected. Ruby went on a strict diet the next day.
If you’re interested in reading more stories about Ruby, or to find out about Serena’s secret party tips and recipes, pick up the informative and entertaining book entitled, Serena, Food & Stories: Feeding Friends Every Hour of the Day, published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang.